The Cleveland Indians have acquired Michael Choice from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash. Prior to the 2014 season, Choice was a consensus top 100 prospect:
• Baseball America's #98 prospect
• MLB.com's #72 prospect
• BaseballProspectus.com's #79 prospect
Not too shabby. And we don't have to give up any players to have him in Columbus. Fire Antonetti, though, amirite?
Choice, a right-handed outfielder, was the #10 overall pick in the 2010 draft, taken by Oakland, who traded him to Texas at the end of 2013. He played in one game for the Rangers this year, striking out in his lone AB. He posted an OPS of .570 in 280 PA for the Rangers in 2014.
His Triple-A numbers are down from a year ago, especially his walk rate and isolated power. That's not something you'd expect to see from someone on their way to becoming a good MLB player, but given that we was acquired for practically nothing, he seems like an interesting guy to take a flier on. It feels like the outfields in Akron and Columbus might be sort of crowded next year, but things like that have a way of working themselves out.
Here are his minor league numbers: